Elon Musk's 'Super Terrible Idea': a $500 Flamethrower

It's a fundraiser of sorts for his Boring Company, and it's already brought in $3.5M
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 29, 2018 8:37 AM CST
It's a Boring product, but definitely not a boring one.   (Boring Company)

(Newser) – "Don't do this." That was Elon Musk's instruction on an Instagram video he posted Sunday showing him running toward a colleague with the newest offering from his Boring Company: a $500 flamethrower. This product is a "super terrible idea," he notes in his post, yet it's now available for preorder on the company's site. Gizmodo explains it's not technically a flamethrower—it's more like a "very large torch" that's able to shoot blue flames just a few feet—and the Washington Post says even if it is considered a flamethrower, it's probably legal, as most states allow them if used "properly."

Musk backs that up, claiming the ATF allows such devices that throw flames 10 feet or shorter; he adds he'd be "way more scared of a steak knife," per CNBC. CNNMoney, which notes the Boring Company has been selling merch to raise money for its tunnel-digging projects, says Boring intends to end sales of the flamethrowers after 20,000 have been sold. As of early Monday, Musk indicated on Twitter they'd sold 7,000 units, which would equal around $3.5 million. TechCrunch notes the $500 price tag doesn't include shipping fees and taxes, and the site notes "aspiring flamethrower aficionados" have to sign a "terms and conditions" contract. (Read more Elon Musk stories.)

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